Jenn from A Simple Haven and I are exploring what it means to live purposefully in a world that bombards us with a million good things. Online, the message seems to be that we can do it all. The truth is we cannot do everything.
We’re two moms on a journey toward being ok with this and fully embracing the season of life that we’re in–with all of its joys and limitations.
Once a month, we’ll share about our crafting fails, what we’re currently saying “yes” and “no” to, and the beautiful reality of daily life. Will you grab a warm cup of something and join us?
Last month I talked and talked about a capsule wardrobe, I laid out what I thought my staples would be and I envisioned outfits that would serve me well through the spring and summer season.
I didn’t create a graphic showing you all the different outfits you could create with them because I didn’t have most of the articles of clothing. Since that post I went shopping with a patient husband and remarkably well-behaved children. I tried on endless white t-shirts trying to find the perfect one.
I flipped through lots of options of maxi skirts, choosing different colours and different sizes before realizing that maybe they’re just not my thing. They’re super cute on other people or in polyvore outfit ensembles but they do nothing for me and so I scratched them off my summer staple list.
I found shorts (jean cutoffs and white shorts, in case you were wondering how that went) and a green t-shirt that I absolutely love. I wore the same outfit three days in a row and only swapped it for yoga pants and a comfy sweater
chambray shirt, skinny jeans for a quiet afternoon at the coffee shop
We’ve been traveling now for a few weeks and making a capsule wardrobe was on the best travel prep things I could have done. When we went shopping, I was focused, looking only at the articles I knew I wanted. And when I shopped my own closet, I purged about half of it realizing I really don’t wear much of it.
The first week of travel was a long drive to Boston, two nights in a hotel and walking around the city, a morning flight across the country to Seattle, an afternoon of playing tourist there. A train ride to Vancouver, BC. A way too short of a visit with some of my extended family. A night with friends and a night with my sister and brother in law. We then spent about a week on my inlaws farm where the girls played in dirt, we walked down gravel roads and marveled at the peaceful fields.
Whew. I get tired just recapping that.
The last thing I had time for or mental energy for was figuring what to wear each day.
I love, love the fact that everything in my backpack co-ordinates together and it’s just a matter of deciding between the chambray shirt or the striped shirt. I’ll be honest, I wore the same outfit several days in a row because that’s how I roll.
White shorts, green tee for an outing to Boston Public Gardens and walking all over Boston
Here’s my tips for making a capsule wardrobe work for you while traveling (or at home):
- make a list of your staples/favourites
- shop for them, start in your closet and then go shopping with a specific list
- be content with what you have
- have ways to switch up an outfit – I bought a floral scarf on a whim and I’m so glad I did, it goes with everything yet gives a a different look. Cuff your jeans and wear a cute pair of shoes. Belt a dress with a contrasting colour belt.
- copy the outfits you love on Pinterest and be brave to step out of your normal comfort zone
That last point was for me. I found this exact shirt dress I had pinned at a Tommy Hilfiger store but when I tried it on, it felt a little meh. I took the fitting room girl’s advice and tried it with a different belt- instant success. I’m not one to try different belts out and I typically don’t think I want to wear one but a little contrast can give some definition and that instant style kapow.
jean cutoffs, green tee, floral scarf for a day at the zoo and carousel riding
When it all comes down to it, I love the capsule wardrobe (at home and abroad) because the last thing I want to do each day is figure out what I should wear and what would be trendy-mum wear. I want to spend my days living and loving with those around me not fussing over an unpractical shirt.
Are you a belt wearer? Do you copy outfits off Pinterest?